Not Prohibited Yet: Kratom Offers Pain Relief and Help with Opioid Addiction

Not Prohibited Yet: Kratom Offers Pain Relief and Help with Opioid Addiction

Opioid, opiate, and heroin addiction are increasingly worrying public health concerns here in the United States. Unfortunately, our country’s people struggling with addiction receive less support than castigation, often facing criminal consequences for what amounts to a serious health issue. This response is neither compassionate nor appropriate. Arresting and incarcerating individuals will do nothing to […]

Recreational Cannabis Sales Commence In Canada

Recreational Cannabis Sales Commence In Canada

Today, October 17th, 2018, is a day that will go down in history. It is the first day of legal recreational cannabis sales in Canada, a milestone which officially makes Canada the largest legal cannabis market in the world. The legalization of cannabis in Canada is the result of efforts by lawmakers. Both the Senate […]

National Expungement Week Could Help Those With Minor Convictions Move On

National Expungement Week Could Help Those With Minor Convictions Move On

The Equality First Alliance has a primary focus of addressing the civil injustice that has resulted from the War on Drugs here in the United States. Here at Ladybud, we have previously covered many topics that examine the overlap between social justice and the War on Drugs. For example, people of color, as well as […]

How Dr. Bronner’s Is Helping Legalize Medical Psychedelic Use

How Dr. Bronner’s Is Helping Legalize Medical Psychedelic Use

Anyone who enjoys reading has probably spent more hours than they would like to admit in their shower, staring at the unusually laid out text that wraps around the bottles of Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap. The label features not only a list of uses for this amazing, natural soap but also what amounts to […]

Trump Wants to Re-Weaponize The Failed War on Drugs

Trump Wants to Re-Weaponize The Failed War on Drugs

Surprisingly,  Donald Trump’s recent speech to the United Nations was not an attempt to brag about his “achievements” as president. Instead,  the focus was on reigniting the dying flames of the failed War on Drugs. Since its height in the 1980s and early 90s, the War on Drugs has become an increasingly unsuccessful and unpopular […]

Lady Business: Maggie Kinsella of Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition and NORML

Lady Business: Maggie Kinsella of Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition and NORML

Maggie Kinsella is a member of the Board of Directors at the Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition (MassCann) and the state affiliate of the National Organization for the Reform of the Marijuana Laws (MassCann/NORML) and also serves as the Press Secretary, Spokesperson, Organizer, and a prolifically productive volunteer. She’s a “Jacqueline” of all trades, so-to-speak and most recently […]

Meet MAPS, the Organization Funding and Conducting Psychedelic Research

Meet MAPS, the Organization Funding and Conducting Psychedelic Research

Now that we have taken the time to highlight most of the banned substances with established and acknowledged mental health benefits, we’d like to spend the next few weeks discussing research and organizations that work with psychedelics. This week, we will start out by highlighting MAPS, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies. MAPS is well-known […]

There’s Finally a Bill To End the Practice of Shackling Women Inmates in Labor

There’s Finally a Bill To End the Practice of Shackling Women Inmates in Labor

No one really wants to think about the realities of prison unless they have to go there or they know someone who has been incarcerated. For many women, time in jail has harsh implications that are different than those experienced by male inmates. Sexual assault by male prison workers and guards is a common threat […]

DEA Props Up Outdated Cannabis Policy with Rescheduling Scheme

DEA Props Up Outdated Cannabis Policy with Rescheduling Scheme

Despite concerns about a pharmaceutical entity grabbing control of the cannabidiol (CBD) market, many legalization activists thrilled at the announcement that Epidiolex received approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) back in June. It was reasonable to hope that the approval of a cannabis-based drug for use in treating serious medical conditions would soon […]

DMT, Called the Spirit Molecule, Could Help People Process Trauma

DMT, Called the Spirit Molecule, Could Help People Process Trauma

Like every other substance we’ve discussed in this series so far, DMT (N,N-Dimethyltryptamine) is currently a Schedule I substance in the United States. That means it’s illegal to possess or sell, and the U.S. Government does not recognize any medical uses for the compound while considering it to be of high risk for potential abuse. […]